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Early Bird

In this hilarious and insightful memoir twenty-five-year-old Rodney Rothman, burned out from his big-city life, decides to get a jumpstart on the golden years...four decades before his time. He retires and moves to South Florida and finds an elderly roommate, Leslie, a former piano teacher with cats. Rodney throws himself into the easy life, but soon finds that all the softball, shuffleboard, bingo, gambling cruises, canasta and tennis is, well, exhausting. After his newfound friends get over the oddity of a twenty-something retiree, he becomes one of them, though not without difficulty. He plays in a senior softball league and finds that most seventy-year-olds are far better athletes than he is. He plans a return to the stage for a reluctant ninety-two-year-old comedian. He finds himself the unwelcome muse and romantic interest of a seventy-seven-year-old femme fatale. And he becomes the last great hope of his shuffleboard team. But early retirement - the dream of so many - is not quite what he expected. EARLY BIRD takes readers on a humorous, and often bittersweet, journey through the people and culture of retirement. With a deft comedic touch that evokes Bill Bryson or David Sedaris, Rodney Rothman takes you to where you're going after you get the golden watch.
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Rodney Rothman's articles have appeared in the New York Times, The New Yorker and McSweeney's, among other publications. The creator and producer of the critically acclaimed television series Undeclared, Rothman is currently working on a pilot with Richard Linklater.


"A hilarious memoir . . . David Sedaris fans, this one's for you." -- Daryl Chen, Glamour "Old-fashioned retirement at age twenty-eight? Funny -- sure. But Rothman is also riveting, friendly, and the good kind of sad." -- Sarah Vowell, author of Assassination Vacation "This book, which has a pretty silly premise, quickly and thoroughly becomes something much more: it's actually emotionally involving, and even profound. It's very funny, because Rothman is always very funny, but it's also truly moving, and, at its core, unspeakably sad. That's not to say it isn't fun to read. It is. It is!" -- Dave Eggers "Rothman's observations are insightful and clever -- a humorous, Generation X perspective on what baby boomers are about to discover." -- Rocky Mountain News "It's hilarious. It's one of the best books I've read. If you're looking for a book, get this one." -- Howard Stern "[Rothman] has produced a warm, wry bit of reportage. . . . His descriptions of the loneliness, the cliquishness, the slow-motion desperation of the place ring true and bittersweet." -- Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times Book Review "A hilarious account of moving into a Florida retirement community at age twenty-eight. . . . Rodney Rothman's premise is so silly and fetching . . . sections had me hooting so hard that I thought the neighbors would be over to check on me." -- Karen Long, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) "A hilarious reminder that everybody was young once . . . everyone except Rodney." -- Jon Stewart

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